Starting in the 1940s, rebuilding caused many residents living near downtown to move northward. The area east of Woodward where the Detroit Medical Center now stands became the center of the entertainment district. The York Apartments at 74 Garfield, was demolished in the summer of 2008. An art gallery is located on Forest Ave. On Canfield, one of the historic properties was recently revitalized into loft condos and office space. After the Garfield Building was refurbished, other developments followed.
The Garfield Building stands at the corner of Woodward and Garfield in the center of the district, as does the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The N'Namdi Art Center sits on Forest, as do the offices for Zachary and Associates, the firm that designated and developed the district. Most recently, in June 2010, 71 Garfield was completed. The building is intended as artist residences and studios and includes solar power, solar water heaters, water reclamation, and geothermal heating. Plans call next for a residential and commercial building to be constructed on the corner of John R. and Garfield. The building will be dubbed the "Sugar Hill Building.